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JULY 2012

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Tasting Notes elegant with ripe, juicy plum and tangy acidity; balanced, dense and spicy. 91 Canelones ($60) Lovely plum and cas- sis fruit; tangy and brightly structured with seamless balance and focus; long and ageworthy; 50% Tannat, 30% Bouza 2009 Monte Vide Eu, Merlot, 20% Tempranillo. 92 SOUTHERN WINE GROUP/BARTERHOUSE Bodegas Carrau 2009 J. Carrau Pujol Gran Tradition, Cerro Chapeu Plum and soft herbs on the nose; elegant, rich and complex; 45% Tannat, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc. 91 Tannat, Cerro Chapeu ($34) Dark, lush and juicy with rich plum, blueberry and Bodegas Carrau 2007 Amat Catamayor Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva de la Familia, San Jose ($15) Pure, clean and bright with citrus, tangy acidity and vibrant fruit. 90 Catamayor Tannat, Reserva de la Familia, San Jose ($15) Toasty vanilla and smooth black plum; stunning fruit and long, rich style; charming. 90 Castillo Viejo 2008 Castillo Viejo 2007 Catamayor Grand Tannat, San Jose ($40) Toasty vanilla and smooth black plum; lush and juicy with stunning fruit and long, rich style. 92 BEDFORD INTERNATIONAL 76 / the tasting panel / july 2012 spice; long and stunning. 92 MHW LTD. Castillo Viejo 2011 Parcela Unica, Canelones ($39) Smooth, lush and and lovely. 90 SEEKING U.S. IMPORTER Bouza 2010 Merlot, B9 2008 Syrah Reserva, Maldonado Ripe blackberry and cherry fruit; lush and rich with excellent structure and balance; long Alto de la Ballena A small selection of the best releases I tasted. Approximate SRPs are given for wines available in the U.S. market. —A. D. B. Cabernet Franc Reserva, Maldonado Smooth and ripe with rich texture and lovely balance; long and gener- ous. 90 Alto de la Ballena 2008 Franc, Clásica, Santa Lucia, Canelones Lush and dense with ripe plum, soft tannins and rich flavors; chocolate, spice and tangy acidity. 89 Filgueira 2011 Tannat/Cabernet Filgueira 2011 Tannat, Proprium, Santa Lucia, Canelones ($20) Smoky, lush and stylish with toasty oak and rich plum, spice and cassis; tangy and supple. 90 AD GLOBAL CORP. Blanc, Garzón Bright, fresh and juicy with clean, lively citrus; vibrant, racy and pure and focused. 90 Bodega Garzón 2011 Sauvignon Garzón Smooth, lush and modern with generous plum fruit and smooth tex- ture; sweet oak and ripe cherry; lovely, juicy and balanced; long and seductive. 91 SEEKING U.S. IMPORTER Bodega Garzón 2011 Tannat, Giménez Méndez 2012 100 Años Sauvignon Blanc, Les Cerillos, Canelones ($15) Grassy, fresh and minerally with lovely texture and focused citrus and white peach; pure, racy and vibrant. 90 Alta Reserva/Identity Tannat, Edición Limitada, Canelones ($20) Rich, dense and powerful; cassis, blackberry and spice; long and lovely. 91 Giménez Méndez 2010 2009 Premium Tannat, Canelones ($27) Stunning and complete with great depth, structure and length; plum, spice and amazing balance; elegant and beautifully textured—a blockbuster, yet totally integrated and Giménez Méndez Reserva, Colonia Aromatic, creamy, minerally and lush, but a very good core of acidity. 89 stylish. 92 ECOVALLEY/FACE TO FACE (CA)/ MALLANS SELECT WINES (SD) Dante Irurtia 2011 Km.0 Viognier Coleccion, Colonia Ripe, complex plum and blackberry; dense, sweet fruit and lovely texture. 90 URUGUAY IMPORTS Dante Irurtia 2007 Dante Pueblo del Sol Tannat, Reserva, Canelones–Juanicó ($15) Smooth, lush and generous; juicy, spicy and rich and balanced; easy-going and long. 88 Establecimiento Juanicó 2011 2005 Familia Deicas Tannat 1er Cru d'Exception, Canelones-Juanicó ($125) Dark, luscious and elegant with spice, depth, intensity, focus and breeding; choco- Establecimiento Juanicó late, plum and power. 94 TASTEVINO SELECTIONS/IBESC (FL) Varietal Chardonnay, Canelones ($10) Fresh and clean with good depth of flavor; lovely fruit with good minerality and pure, long flavors; no ML, no oak. 90 Marichal 2011 Premium Collection, Canelones ($19) Deep, rich and tangy with spice, lively black rasp- berry and racy acidity; crisp, generous and complete; balanced and delicious. 91 FACE TO FACE (CA)/TKO WINES (MN) Marichal 2009 Tannat, Reserve Elisa, Viña Progreso, Canelones Juicy and vibrant with tangy acidity, plum and berries; fresh and focused. 91 Pisano 2009 Tannat Sueños de Premium, Canelones ($70) Dark, dense, rich and powerful; tangy, long, intense and massive; vivid, focused and amazing. 94 Pisano 2002 Axis Mundi Super Sauvignon Blanc, Reserva, Canelones ($15) Bright acidity and lovely depth; long and stylish with balance and nerve. 91 Pizzorno Family Estates 2011 ($45) Dense and concentrated, with juicy plum and cassis; very complex with lovely, idiosyncratic flavors; 50% Tannat, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Pizzorno 2006 Primo, Canelones Salto Bright and juicy with fresh plum, blackberry and cassis; tangy, lively and balanced; racy with notes of chocolate. 90 Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. 91 SOMMELIER IMPORTS/ICARUS IMPORTS H. Stagnari 2010 Viejo Tannat, Roble, Canelones Lush, elegant cherry and soft herbs; supple, balanced and luscious, deep and ripe. 89 Varela Zarranz 2009 Tannat, supple, complex and excellent. 91 SEEKING U.S. IMPORTER Roble, Canelones Elegant with lush plum and firm, tangy structure; lovely depth and balance with classy style; Varela Zarranz 2007 Tannat, Solis,

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